SPIRITUAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR A COUPLE OF TEENAGERS

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By: Kathleen Rasmussen

Here are some spiritual questions asked about from two 13-year-olds by the name of Kokie and Jordan, that others might benefit from the answers Kathleen Rasmussen provided them:

Do you have to finish the bible to go to Heaven or not?

If you don't go to church but its not your fault because other people won't let you and you really want to, are you going to go to hell?

How do you sacrifice things to Jesus?

How can me and my best friend be reborn?

Is it bad if you say, God bless you to Jesus in your prayer. (Just wondering)

Do you have to remember certain verses in the bible from the top of your head?



Dear Kokie & Jordan,
 
What a blessing it is to hear from someone your age asking such good and important questions about God/Jesus/and the devil.  I only include the devil here because it is important to know who your enemy is, and he definitely is.  As I was reading your message/questions, thoughts were coming to me, so I am going to share them with you. 
 
First of all, you don't have to be afraid of the devil if you have asked Jesus Christ into your heart and life.  We don't have to be afraid of him, but we do need to be aware of how he works against us.  When you are afraid of him or something else, that is just a spirit of fear trying to keep you being afraid.  When we get those "afraid" type of feelings, we can easily reject them by telling them to leave us now in Jesus Christ's mighty name, and telling it to get lost, it has no part or place with you.
 
I am so blessed to hear how you pray when you lose things, and then Jesus helps you find it/them.  I and my husband do the same thing and He always comes through for us too!
 
Jesus indeed is awesome, and He loves you so much!  He also will continue to keep you safe and answer all your prayers :))  You are doing the right thing by resisting the fighting and name calling with your brother.  You need to remember though that when you do resist those bad things, it's not in your own power that you are able to not do that anymore.  It is only by the Holy Spirit and His help and power that you are able to hold your tongue or refrain from angry feelings towards your brother.  Always remember to keep asking the Holy Spirit to help you when those temptations arise, because He will help you!  And I think sleeping with your Bible nearby is awesome too :))  The devil, Satan is his name, and you don't have to be afraid to call him by name either :)   He hates the name of Jesus and God's Word (the Bible), so when you speak to him in the name of Jesus, and you can also say when you're telling him to get lost "by the name and blood of Jesus Christ", he has to flee!!  And if you learn any Bible verses to use against him too in certain situations, that would be great as well and will most definitely help you. 
 
It is so important to know your Bible, learn it, and study it; by that I mean read it a lot and memorize scriptures too to hide them in your heart.  Sometimes we don't have a Bible handy to go to when we need to, and having the scriptures in our hearts will really help during those times.  Also, you can claim God's promises in the Bible for many things, such as your sleep.  In Proverbs 3:24, it says "When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet."  That is a good one to thank the Lord for before you go to sleep at night; just thank Him for his word, reminding Him of what it says and quote that verse back to Him.
 
Now I will answer the questions you have asked...  
 
Do you have to finish the bible to go to Heaven or not? 
Absolutely not!  God is looking at your heart; not in how much or how well you read the bible.  The only thing that will keep you out of heaven is if you reject the One who is the only way to get there, and that One is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).  He does want to have a personal and intimate relationship with you, and that is one thing He will judge us on - did we know Him?  We can only know Him by having that personal and intimate relationship with Him.  You can talk to Him about anything, just as you would a personal close friend.  And another way we can KNOW Him is through never stopping to learn about Him through His word, the Bible.

If you don't go to church but its not your fault because other people wont let you and you really want to, are you going to go to hell?
Absolutely not again!  Again, God is looking at your heart.  If you don't have any control over getting to a church, and if you've accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life, and you are doing all you know to do to follow Him and be obedient to His word, you are saved and no devil in hell can snatch you away.  You can be confident in knowing where you're going when you die - heaven - because you belong to Him and that's that!  The Bible doesn't say you "have" to be in a church to accept Jesus Christ into your heart.
 
How do you sacrifice things to Jesus?
When you give your life to Jesus, you are attempting to make your life a holy and acceptable sacrifice to Him by asking him to be Lord of your life (Romans 12:1) There are sometimes some things we may need to sacrifice to Him, such as a bad habit, swearing, excessive spending, poor eating habits, or something that seems to take away from your time with Him.  That could be anything from a hobby we love doing, to spending too much time on the computer :)  If those things are taking us away or causing us to spend less and less time with Jesus in our prayer time or reading of His word, then we may need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us give those things up.  That would be some good examples of sacrificing things to Jesus.  When I say give some of those things up, I don't necessarily mean give them up totally, but we need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us the discipline and self-control (which is one of the fruits of the spirit; Galatians 5:22) we need to resist those things and do what we need to be doing.  That can range from things in living everyday life too (Colossians 1:10), such as being an obedient child to your mom (Colossians 3:20) and doing what you know pleases her.  When you are learning to be obedient to God and his Word, you will be pleasing not only to Him, but all those around you too (sometimes though, not for those who don't love or know Him personally).  There are exceptions to that as well; to those such as your mom, you will be pleasing to her when you are being obedient to her because the bible also says to submit yourself to those in authority over you (I Peter 5:5).  When we are doing what we are supposed to do, being pleasing not only to our Heavenly Father, we also will be a sweet smelling aroma to those around us (Ephesians 5:1-2).

How can me and my best friend be reborn?
When you ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and ask Him to take control of your life, forgive you of all your past, present, and future sins, you are being reborn at that very moment once you do that.  And believe me, when I say future sins, you will even sin after doing this because we live in a fallen world and the enemy of our souls (Satan) is ever present causing us to say and do things we don't want to do.  That's why when Jesus left this earth and ascended into heaven again, He sent us the Holy Spirit to be our guide and comforter in all areas of life.  You will understand more about that when you learn what the Bible has to say about that.  The apostle Paul explains it very well in Romans 7, because he had to deal with sin in his own life after he accepted Christ as his Savior.  Acts 16:30-31 also talks about how to be saved.  When you are saved, you are reborn in Christ.  You are a new creature.  Old things are passed away and all things become new in your new life with Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).

Is it bad if you say, God bless you to Jesus in your prayer. (Just wondering)
There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying 'God bless you' to Jesus.  I'm sure it blesses His heart to hear you speaking to Him like that :)  Even though God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit are 3 in 1, in essence when you say God bless you to Jesus, you're saying it to all 3! because in I John 5:7-8 it speaks about this, and in John 1:14 it explains how the Word became flesh, meaning Jesus Christ (the Word) came to this earth in human form.

Do you have to remember certain verses in the bible from the top of your head?
You don't HAVE to remember certain verses of the Bible, but when you memorize scripture as I explained earlier, it is to your advantage because you are hiding it in your heart and it will come to you in times of need by the Holy Spirit as he brings it to your remembrance.  When you hide the Word (Bible verses) in your heart, it will become natural for you to remember them when you need them.  And also as you learn and grow in the knowledge of God's Word (the Bible) and learn how to walk or live it out in your life, you will be able to remember certain verses from the Bible, especially in times of need.

I hope and pray that what I have shared with you here has helped you and your friend, Jordan.  Keep your eyes on Jesus dear ones and you will be safe in Him, and I most definitely will be praying for the two of you.  Also, you may contact me again for anymore questions or concerns you might have, ok?
 
In His Love & Service,
Kathleen Rasmussen
 
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